Except for Tustumena, lake water in Kasilof has put on its winter coat and will be hibernating many months. With the water sleeping its summer range becomes flat and skateable. Caution, however, merits a minimum ice thickness of six inches for skating and eight inches for parties.
The Army Corps of Engineers has an ice strength chart. The chart states two inches will hold a person, three inches a snowmachine, seven inches a car, and 10 inches will take a truck. Trouble is, skates are low and stakes are high where ice strength is concerned. Thickness varies radically in relation to snow cover or flowing water.
With Thanksgiving on the rise water is worth appreciating. It reaches maximum density at 39.2 degrees fahrenheit. As water chills in the fall, denser water falls to the bottom of a lake until the entire volume reaches 39.2 degrees. Further chilling produces lighter water and the closer to 32 degrees the water gets, the lighter it becomes. As the coldest, lightest water floats at the surface, it expands into hexagonal crystals and becomes ice. This expansion makes ice less dense than cold water and causes it to float and to provide insulation. Water's behavior of expanding even while cooling is unique.
If it were alive, scientists might say it evolved these beneficial characteristics. Since water is inanimate, "Thanks" would seem to be in order.
Dave and Dawnee Watson's daughter, Anna, grew up and was home-schooled on South Cohoe. She and a friend are now teaching school in Macedonia. Anna is teaching seventh grade for a multinational company.
A few years ago Anna spent a couple of our winters teaching in Brazil, but for a different company. Recently, Anna had a private tutoring business and was a substitute teacher at Cook Inlet Academy and Tustumena Elementary School. Dave and Dawnee will visit her in Macedonia this winter.
Roland Maw of Kasilof was appointed to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission this fall. Now his name is among three recommended by the governor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for appointment to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. That body is responsible for halibut management. Maw has been a wildlife manager, commercial fisher, charter boat operator, and is the executive director of United Cook Inlet Drift Association.
He has a doctor's degree in forest and wildlife management. Only one of the three people recommended will be selected, and the governor's first choice is Ed Dersham, a sportfishing guide and former Board of Fisheries member from Anchor Point.
Pat Shields is a recipient of the Department of Fish and Game's 2006 Director's Achievement Award for Outstanding Service. He has worked 25 years for the department in Soldotna and became the assistant area management biologist for Upper Cook Inlet in the late 1990s.
The award inscription says, "His diligence, professionalism, craftsmanship and ability to get any and all jobs done set a very high standard for co-workers..."
Tracy Lingnau, the regional management coordinator in Anchorage told me, "We'd be lost without Pat."
Other Kasilof news
Kasilof babies announced
* Janinne Sandrock and Dylan Price of Kasilof announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Rain Price at 10:37 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, at Women's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.
His grandparents are Roxanne Dearinger, Terry Miller and Nancy and James Sandrock.
* Alexa Walsh and Mike Curtiss of Kasilof announce the birth of their son, Radlei Michael Kingsley Curtiss, at 5:49 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
He weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 22 inches.
His grandparents are Patricia Claypool-West of Sterling, Kingsley Walsh of Dutch Harbor, Julie Owen of Kasilof and Dale Curtiss of Ninilchik.
* Bree and Jonathan Little of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Sylvie Rose, at 6:15 a.m. Sunday Nov. 4, 2007 at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.
She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.
She joins brother, Salem.
Her grandparents are Peter and Valerie Little and James and Dianna Krosschell.
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